Broken promises on pledging leave rice farmers in lurch
The Pheu Thai Party is set to lower the guaranteed price tomorrow, leaving those who voted for them because they were banking on a higher rate feeling abandoned and facing financial hardship
As the government's election promise to help rice farmers unravels, outside of Bangkok the populist policies that delivered Pheu Thai to power are coming home to roost.
ON THE EDGE: From right, rice farmer Saard, Thai Agriculturist Association treasurer Thitiwat Kleebmalai and, fourth right, farmer ‘Leung’ Kham. PHOTO: CHAIYOT YONGCHAROENCHAI
"Leung" (Uncle) Dum from Ayutthaya's Bang Sai district is one of those farmers who believes city folk do not appreciate the real need to maintain the rice-pledge ceiling at 15,000 baht a tonne. Reducing it to 12,000 baht a tonne _ effective from tomorrow _ will once again place him and his family at the edge of a financial precipice.
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